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Hello,
I have a Dell with windows Vista. At startup the system is very slow. I have reduced all the startup programs and went through some google articles on which services to disable. I'm very cautious on what to disable - as not being a comp genius - if I end up disabling something - it'll be an issue to undo it.

Even after that - on startup, I checked on system configuration and there are a bunch of services still running. Most of them are microsoft ones - I'm assuming we should not be disabling them.
So these are the non microsoft ones that I see running:

Andrea ST Filters service
Apple Mobile Device
bonjour service
creative labs licensing service
creative service for CDROM access
Intel PROSET/Wireless Event log
Intel Matrix Storage Event Monitor
Intel PROSet Wireless registry service
SupportSoft sprocket service
UDisk Monitor

Can I disable any of these or put them in as Delayed start. Any more recommendations on speeding up Vista.
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by:farazhkhan
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Hi,

Have you stopped the spare programs from MSCONFIG or just through startup

Check these two links: http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_vista.html

Also

speeding up Windows Vista startup: http://www.optimizingpc.com/vista/msconfig.html

Regards,
Faraz H. Khan
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by:gublooo
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I stopped programs using MSConfig (Startup tab)
and stopped services using Control Panel -> Administrative Services -> Services

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Hi,

Also have you gone through complete: http://www.optimizingpc.com/vista/msconfig.html

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Faraz H. Khan
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by:gublooo
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I have gone through many of those - so I wanted specific info about the services I mentioned whether I can safely disable them

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Hi,

The services description

-Andrea ST Filters service: The Andrea ST FIlters Service is related with SigmaTel Audio, mostly used with Microphones, for noise cancellation. Check this: http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Operating-systems-and-software/What-is-quot-Andrea-ST-FIlters-Service-quot/m-p/6224

-Apple Mobile Device: Provides the interface to Apple mobile devices, it is installed with new applications of ITunes, if you don't have an IPhone then you don't need it. Check this: http://www.ghacks.net/2009/06/07/disable-applemobiledeviceserviceexe-ituneshelperexe-and-ipodserviceexe/

-bonjour service: Itunes implements its network stuff by this service. Check this: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/396757.html

-creative labs licensing service: creative labs software that was installed during sound card installation enables this service. Check this: http://forums.creative.com/t5/Sound-Blaster/disable-creativelicensing-exe-howto/m-p/254495

-creative service for CDROM access: This service is related to Creative soundcards software. It is used for correct CD-ROM detection. Not required. Check this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/Ctsvccda.exe-1091.html

-Intel PROSET/Wireless Event log: Used for event logging of Intel wireless connection. You can disbale it safely. Check this: http://communities.intel.com/thread/7120

-Intel Matrix Storage Event Monitor: The Event Monitor allows you to monitor the status of any raid volumes created via the Intel raid driver. You can also disbale it. Check this: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/iaantmon.exe-18729.html

-Intel PROSet Wireless registry service : This is also part of Intel wireless utility. Check this: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=254798 and http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=1633

-SupportSoft sprocket service: The sprtsvc.exe belongs to Dell's support center application. You can disbale it. Check this: http://my.opera.com/Lee_Harvey/blog/2007/08/21/time-warner-customer-theyre-probably-spying-on-you

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Faraz H. Khan
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